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Help please - Backpack problem!!

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1. Posted by katie-lou (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Im leaving to go to australia for a year in a few days, and ive rather stupidly gone out and bought a huge backpack (80 plus 10 litres)without looking on here, as ive now seen that most people get a much smaller one. I was thinking i will need loads of stuff as im going for a year. Just tried packing it and cant get everything in, and can barely lift it !! Am I taking too much?? I was working on the priciple of the amount i would take on a 2 week holiday plus about an extra weeks worth, after all I will be there for a year, but this is obviously too much. What should I do??? Have considered trying to fit it all in a suitcase instead, as I dont really have time to change backpacks. The majority of my luggage is clothes and shoes, is this wrong?? And would it be wrong to take a suitcase? Help!

2. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y

It's not like people in Australia don't wear clothes or ever wash their hair.

I would say take a week's worth of clothing and toiletries and then when you need more, buy the rest over there.

Some of the more hardcore backpackers would say even that is overpacking (and it's probable hypocritical for me to suggest this because I always overpack as well).

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

Have a look at the packing list on this site. It has helped most people, and a lot of people have the same problem as you.
Any bag that you can't even lift is too big, remember that you will have to carry it around for the next year or so...

You can well get by with about a weeks worth of clothes. I have heard that they have washing machines in Australia ;)

Don't take shoes or clothes that you think you might use. You will most likely not use them.
Stick to basic clothes, try not to take anything that you will have to dryclean or iron.
Try to colour coordinate. It's best if all your clothes go with everything else in your backpack. It's easier to mix and match that way than taking whole outfits with you.

4. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 9y

Yeah, I agree with fruzzy.

take a 1 / 1.5 week worth of clothes, and thats enough man. Since you going to go away for long, NO POINT AT ALL, bringing so much, and realised that you dont use them at all!

its kind of like, say you have 10 tops. you started wearing your 1st top on a monday. unless you telling me you can stand not washing your 1st piece of top you wore for 10 days ( that is you finished using up all your tops ), otherwise, you will be washing your stuffs every 6 - 7 days. i mean, can you stand having dirty laundry in your pack?! I cant!

you don need a ' closet ' in your pack to choose what to wear for this and that day. i reckon, about 5 tops, 4 bottoms will be cool. you will sure bound to rewear some of the tops you have wore before you send them for washing.

so chill! you will be cool with just that amount. too little is always better than too much. if its too little, you buy them along the way, and it will be cheap for as because of the strong currency you have. if you bring too much, God bless you dude. you will have a dilema whether to throw or not to throw.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

It doesn't matter how long you go, you always take a week of clothing and wash it after this time. Maximum weight of your pack should be 15 kgs when you set out. (Weigh yourself naked, then fully clothed with your pack on your back.)

Don't worry about not having enough. After all the girl who doesn't buy any clothing on a longer trip has yet to be born and you are bound to be carrying home more than you took anyway. (Unless you take all your old stuff and throw it away instead of washing it.)

I also would highly recommend getting a smaller backpack. It helps putting things into perspective. If things don't fit into it anymore, you just can't put them in - thus no overload.

Maybe you just can take the backpack back to the shop, get the money and go super-light with a 25l daypack (think school bookbag) and a cheap small duffel bag. Get a small 40 l backpack in Autralia then.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 21, 2007, at 4:53 AM by t_maia ]